Matildas' McNamara ACL blow confirmed

Matildas' McNamara ACL blow confirmed

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Matildas and Melbourne City young gun Holly McNamara has confirmed she tore her ACL in Sunday's A-League Women win over Sydney FC

Matildas young gun and Melbourne City revelation Holly McNamara has ruptured her left ACL, cutting her brilliant debut A-League Women season short.

McNamara injury

  • Melbourne City have confirmed that Matildas' Holly McNamara has ruptured her ACL.
  • The injury occurred during this past weekend's A-League match against Sydney FC.
  • Head Coach Rado Vidosic has called for a longer season to reduce injuries.

The full A-League Women's schedule can be found using this link.

McNamara, 19, went down in tears after a seemingly innocuous incident in the 73rd minute of City's 2-1 win over league leaders Sydney FC on Sunday, and was helped off the pitch three minutes later.

She had previously overcome a horror injury run, including a ruptured ACL as a 15-year-old, to emerge as one of the ALW's brightest stars and made her Matildas debut at this year's Asian Cup, earning three caps.

"Words can't explain how I'm feeling right now, unfortunately I've ruptured my ACL in my left knee," McNamara wrote on Instagram.

"Extremely grateful for the support I've received and can't wait to be back.

"Looking forward to watching my teammates smash it for the rest of the season."

McNamara has scored four goals and delivered a further three assists in her debut season, with her injury a massive blow to City's silverware hopes.

"It probably would be better to lose the game and not lose the player," coach Rado Vidosic said after the match.

"So it's a bit disappointing from that point of view."

City currently sit second and two points behind leaders Sydney, but have a game in hand.

PLUS...

A-League Women round 12 snapshot

A snapshot of round 12 of the A-League Women season where Melbourne City beat Sydney FC and Perth Glory beat Melbourne Victory to stay in the finals race.

PLUS...

Add a week to current A-League Women season: Vidosic

Melbourne City coach Rado Vidosic says the crunch of A-League Women games is taking a toll and he'd like to see the current season extended by a week.

The full A-League Women's schedule can be found using this link.

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